Late Tuesday evening, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a voluntary recall of 18,416 pounds of boneless, fully cooked ham products that may be contaminated with Listeria produced by Carolina Pride Foods Inc. headquartered in Greenwood, South Carolina. Vice President of Sales, Lee Miles:
“There’s only one item in grocery stores, and it will only be a couple of stores, a very, very small amount, and that’s a 10oz package of diced ham.”
Miles clarifies that the Listeria is a potential contamination:
“Well, it’s potential, yes, and QC saw something that caused the recall. And so, at this point, it’s a ‘potential’ listeria.”
While the distribution of products was mostly institutional, and Carolina Pride feels that the products have already been absorbed into the system, there is one potential risk according to Miles:
“A long as the product is cooked, there’s no risk for anything at all, but if someone would happen to eat it right out of the package, and that doesn’t mean it’s contaminated, but that’s the only risk. Once you cook it, it’s fine.”
The production date was May 13, 2011.
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